Where Serpents Lie by T. Jefferson Parker

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A brilliant novel of one man's quest to protect the innocent, as he tries to face down a terrible guilt locked in his own past.

Terry Naughton is head of the Crimes Against Youth unit of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He's seen plenty of heinous criminals in his years on the force, but nothing could have prepared him for the Horridus.

Abducting children from their beds, dressing them like little angels and releasing them the next day, the Horridus is a pedophile living an escalating fantasy, Naughton believes. A fantasy that will soon lead to sexual depravity and beyond.

When shocking and seemingly factual accusations put his career on the line, he must confront his dark past. Even if he can clear his name, can Naughton do the same for his conscience?

T. Jefferson Parker is a New York Times bestselling author and three-time Edgar Award winner.

"Powerful ... What you have here is a darkly unique story that stays open in the mind long after the book has been closed and put up on the shelf." -- Michael Connelly

"In his wonderful new novel, T. Jefferson Parker has created a monstrous villain who makes Thomas Harris's Dolarhyde, Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lecter seem like three of the Vienna choir boys. I challenge anyone to sit down with this novel and get up without having finished it. What a terrific read!" -- Elizabeth George

"WHERE SERPENTS LIE is the most powerful book I've read this year. I have never used the 'R' word in describing any other novel, but let me use it now: WHERE SERPENTS LIE is riveting. T. Jefferson Parker has written a tough, brutal, moving work that I simply could not put down." -- Robert Crais

"If T. Jefferson Parker isn't the best crime writer in America, I don't know who is." -- John Lescroart

"A harrowing mix of angst and suspense." -- The Washington Post Book World

About T. Jefferson Parker

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Novelist T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles, California in 1953. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976, and initially worked as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. While writing for the Daily Pilot, he won three Orange County Press Club Awards. His first novel, Laguna Heat, was made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. His other works include The Triggerman's Dance, Where Serpents Lie, The Blue Hour, Red Light, and Cold Pursuit. Silent Joe and California Girl won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Silent Joe also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. When not working on his books, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and playing tennis. He enjoys diving, snorkeling, and travel. GLENN M. PARKER is president of Glenn M. Parker Associates, a consulting firm based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey specializing in human resource and organizational development. His clients have included companies such as AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, NYNEX, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, 3M, Allied Signal, and Sun Microsystems. He is the author of Cross-Functional Teams (Jossey-Bass, 1994) as well as additional books and team-building tools.
Published October 21, 2012 by Hyperion. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Computers & Technology, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Meanwhile, the police procedures are impeccable, the writing blessedly lucid, offering fun facts about snakes, computerized image enhancement, and the righteous sleaze and suburban complacency that make Orange County a Day-Glo crucible of vice and good intentions.

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Soon after the book opens, Terry Naughton learns that a "horridus" is a kind of snake: the Latin name for a timber rattler is "horridus horridus."

Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Where Serpents Lie

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I took a couple of breaks while reading it, so I could read something I enjoy, but I triumphed and did finish reading it.

Jun 17 2010 | Read Full Review of Where Serpents Lie

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